The New Hampshire Advantage
There are many advantages to living in New Hampshire, and New Hampshire regularly ranks high in economic and quality of life indicators, compared to other states. If you'd like to suggest an advantage or state ranking not listed yet, please let us know.
New Hampshire state law prohibits the use of eminent domain for private use or private development.
New Hampshire has no inventory tax.
New Hampshire has no general personal income tax. Dividends and interest are taxed at only 5%.
New Hampshire has no capital gains tax.
New Hampshire has no general sales tax.
New Hampshire is one of the few states that very lightly regulates raw milk sales.
New Hampshire has one of the smallest state bureaucracies.
New Hampshire officials, from town clerks to the state governor, are accessible to the public and generally have a walk-right-in office policy.
New Hampshire's constitution does not specifically prohibit secession.
New Hampshire legislators are only paid a salary of $100 per year, helping ensure the existence of a citizen legislature committed to public service, unlike every other state.
New Hampshire is the only state that does not have a mandatory seat belt law for adults.
New Hampshire offers some of the least restrictive gun laws in the nation: no license is required to open carry and a concealed carry license is available on a shall-issue basis.
New Hampshire is the only state that does not mandate automobile insurance (though 89% of NH drivers have it).
Most types of fireworks are legal for consumer purchase and use in New Hampshire.
New Hampshire has no tax on machinery or equipment.
New Hampshire is ranked 3rd for receiving the least federal spending as a percentage of federal taxes paid.
Reflecting New Hampshire’s relationship and openness to the public, the state capitol building has no metal detectors, And, at 190 years old, is the “the oldest state house in the nation in which the legislature still occupies its original chambers".
Photo by Walter Parenteau
New Hampshire's unique Executive Council provides an additional check on the power of the Governor. Support of the independently elected, five-member council is required for state contracts over $5,000, high-level agency appointments, and pardons.
New Hampshire is the only state that has banned the use of automatic license plate readers (ALPR) by law enforcement.